webinar “Behavioral management of nonhuman primates in research settings”

THE WEBINAR will be presented by Steven J. Schapiro, PhD, Associate Professor of Comparative Medicine, Department of Veterinary Sciences, Michael E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Bastrop, TX; and Honorary Professor, Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr. Schapiro has a broad background in primatology, with specific training and expertise in the management, behavior, and cognition of chimpanzees, rhesus macaques, owl monkeys, and squirrel monkeys. Dr. Schapiro has taught many workshops across the US and the world on behavioral management of captive nonhuman primates.







Duration: 15:00-16:00 CEST
Registration fee:

REGISTER HERE (by August 4)

CPD Credits:

LAS CPD credits: 1 hour.


In the wild, nonhuman primates live in complex societies and environments in which they can control many aspects of their interactions and make meaningful choices. When maintained in captivity, it is the responsibility of those who care for the animals to provide them with conditions that functionally simulate those in the wild. Such functional simulations should provide the primates with opportunities to engage in species-typical behavior patterns, while minimizing the probability that the animals will engage in abnormal behaviors. A comprehensive behavioral management program is comprised of at least socialization strategies, environmental enrichment procedures, and positive reinforcement training, all of which provide the primates with opportunities to exercise control over their environment and to make meaningful choices. This webinar will discuss behavioral management programs, providing numerous examples of socialization, environmental enrichment, and positive reinforcement training.  The ultimate goals here are to stimulate the audience to think about 1) how they can apply behavioral management techniques to their animals and situations, and 2) what they can do to take captive care of nonhuman primates to the next level.


Learning objectives:

  • Recognize how human convenience may drive many aspects of management of captive nonhuman primates.
  • Recognize how effective behavioral management techniques can improve animal welfare, address regulatory issues, and result in an enhanced model for research.
  • Apply strategies to functionally simulate aspects of natural conditions, including socialization, enrichment, and positive reinforcement training for nonhuman primates.
  • Apply these behavioral management techniques to prevent abnormal behaviors in place of curing them.
Language: English